Rusty is a Diesel who does maintenance work on the Skarloey Railway.
Bio in the Railway Series
Rusty was built by Ruston and Hornsby Ltd. in Lincoln, England. He was bought by Sir Handel Brown direct from the builders in 1957 to assist Sir Handel and Peter Sam. While they handled passengers and goods, Rusty was paired with CME Mr. Ivo Hugh to repair the aging trackbed along the line.
When Sir Handel pretended to be ill, Rusty was asked to assist Peter Sam with the slate trucks and later that day had to perform a rescue operation at the quarry when Peter Sam had an accident on the incline.
Following the return of Skarloey, Rusty was put back on maintenance duties, but had an argument with Duncan about taking care on a "bad bit" of track south of Cros-ny-Cuirn. While initially refusing to help the conceited Duncan when he derailed, Skarloey reminded Rusty of his responsibility towards the passengers and he set out at once, later making up the quarrel with Duncan. Later that year, Rusty and Mr. Hugh were chosen to demonstrate to a television crew how they maintained the line at Quarry Siding.
In 1961, Rusty and Mr. Hugh discovered a washed out section of track south of the tunnel and the railway was closed temporarily while he and the workmen repaired the line. He was later present when Rheneas finally returned home.
In 1964, the Lakeside loop line extension was opened in a grand ceremony at Quarry Siding. Rusty was asked to bring visitors to celebrate the occasion.
In 1984, Rusty was in charge of carrying away tree branches and other cuttings, which were being trimmed from the line so that passengers could get a better view.
In 1995, Rusty was put in charge of the weedkiller train, a job he disliked because it required slow speeds. The weedkiller later created trouble with Rheneas, who couldn't get a firm grip on the wet, greasy rails. He later had to take Sir Handel's trains after Sir Handel had caused his firebars to collapse. Rusty was present during No. 7's naming ceremony, and showed great delight upon learning that his co-worker, Mr. Hugh, was chosen as the engine's name.
Bio in Television Series
Rusty has always been a helpful little diesel. He has mostly been seen clearing lines, and doing other railway maintenance work. In the fifth season, he, along with Skarloey and Rheneas got chased by Boulder, which had escaped from a cliff. In the sixth season, he, along with Skarloey, Rheneas, and Elizabeth saved the Skarloey Line from near abandonment. In the seventh season, he warned Duncan about the Old Wooden Bridge, who took notice. In result, Rusty had to rescue him from falling into the river. In the tenth season, he was taking workmen around to put up direction signs for hikers to see, but rushed them, in result of all the hikers going the wrong ways. He is currently working at the Blue Mountain Quarry, along with Skarloey, Rheneas, Sir Handel, Peter Sam and Luke.
Rusty is a trusty, tame, friendly little Diesel. He is a dedicated worker, often maintaining the line, while understanding and respecting the importance of his duties. He also has a rather distinctive two-tone horn. Rusty is quick to remind others with regards to proper conduct, particularly Duncan, who was initially very suspicious of the little Diesel. He has a good working relationship with both Skarloey and Peter Sam in particular. Caring, calm, and quick-thinking, Rusty is modestly a credit to the Skarloey Railway.
- Matt Wilkinson (UK/US; sixteenth season onwards)
- Hideo Ishikawa (Japan; fourth - seventh seasons)
- Tokuyoshi Kawashima (Japan: ninth season onwards)
- Arash Marandi (Germany)
- Christian Greger Strøm (Norway; sixteenth - seventeenth season)
- Scott Maurstad (Norway; Blue Mountain Mystery onwards, excluding the seventeenth season)
- A major continuity error occurred in the original American broadcasts of the ninth season, where Rusty was referred to as female by Michael Brandon. While Rusty was clearly stated as being male in the original books, not once in the television series had he been referred to in gender-specific terms until then. Nonetheless, the two episodes that contained this error, Tuneful Toots and Duncan and the Old Mine, were edited for their DVD releases, now identifying Rusty as male.
- Rusty is actually named after his makers, Ruston and Hornsby, not his orange colour.
- When the narrow gauge engines received large scale models in the fifth season, Rusty's face became larger. This was carried on into the CGI series, except for the twelfth season.
- Since the CGI switch, air vents are added on Rusty's sides.
- One of Rusty's models is currently on display in Canada at Nitrogen Studios and another is currently on display in Japan.
- Rusty is the only Narrow Gauge engine to be seen in four specials, Calling All Engines, The Great Discovery, Blue Mountain Mystery and King of the Railway.
- In the ninth season, Rusty received a two tone horn.
- At Diesel's Locomotion Mayhem at Drayton Manor's Thomas Land, Rusty is depicted with side rods and 6 wheels.
- In the CGI series, Rusty gained a West Country accent.
- ERTL (normal and metallic; discontinued)
- Wooden Railway (reissued in three-pack; coming soon and separate)
- Take-Along (three-pack and Faulty Whistles four-pack; discontinued)
- Motor Road and Rail (discontinued)
- My First Thomas
- My Thomas Story Library (discontinued)
- Bandai (several versions; discontinued)
- Trading Cards (discontinued)
- De Agostini
- Brio (discontinued)
- Nakayoshi (discontinued)
- Mega Bloks
|Skarloey • Rheneas • Sir Handel • Peter Sam • Rusty • Duncan • Ivo Hugh • Duke • Fred • Mark V • Ministry of Defence Engine|
|Bertram • Mighty Mac • Freddie • Luke • Proteus|